The Concise Canadian Writer's Handbook: Student Workbook by William E. MessengerThe Concise Canadian Writer's Handbook: Student Workbook by William E. Messenger

The Concise Canadian Writer's Handbook: Student Workbook

byWilliam E. Messenger, Jan de Bruyn, Judy Brown

Paperback | February 14, 2017

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This workbook accompanies The Concise Canadian Writer's Handbook. It provides exercises covering the topics in the main book, from the mechanics of building strong sentences and paragraphs to the intricacies of writing, formatting, and documenting research papers. With over 150 exercises, theworkbook helps students gain a firm grasp of grammatical concepts and other topics. Exercises also help students improve their writing through practical application of the effective writing techniques discussed in the text.
William E. Messenger (now deceased) and Jan de Bruyn, both emeritus professors of the University of British Columbia, produced the first edition of The Canadian Writer's Handbook in 1980. Judy Brown (now deceased) joined the project as an editorial consultant on the third edition; she was a senior instructor in the English department a...
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Title:The Concise Canadian Writer's Handbook: Student WorkbookFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.53 inPublished:February 14, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: Principles of Composition1. 1-7 Working with paragraphs2. 9a-b Finding and limiting subjects3. 9c Thinking about audience and purpose4. 9d Generating material5. 9e Classifying and organizing data6. 9f-j (1) Writing thesis statements and outlines7. 9f-j (2) Revising weak outlines8. 9f-j (3) Constructing and using outlines9. 9-l Evaluating beginnings10. 10 (1) Detecting faulty reasoning11. 10 (2) Analyzing arguments and recognizing persuasive techniques12. 10 (3) Including the oppositionPart II: Understanding Sentences13. 12a-b (1) Subject and predicate14. 12a-b (2) Subject and predicate with modifiers and articles15. 12d-e Sentence patterns 2A and 2B16. 12f Sentence pattern 317. 12g-k Sentence patterns 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, and 618. 12k Sentence pattern 619. 12c-k (1) Identifying sentence patterns20. 12c-k (2) Identifying sentence elements and patterns21. 12m-n Dependent and independent clausesAnswersPart III: Parts of Speech22. 13b (1) Recognizing nouns23. 13b (2) Recognizing nouns24. 14e Using correct pronouns25. 14 Identifying pronouns26. 15d Avoiding gender bias27. 15 (1) Pronoun-antecedent agreement28. 15 (2) Correcting agreement errors29. 16 (1) Correcting faulty pronoun reference30. 16 (2) Correcting faulty pronoun reference31. 17a (1) Identifying verb types32. 17a (2) Recognizing subjective complements33. 17b Inflecting verbs34. 17c (1) Using irregular verbs35. 17c (2) Using irregular verbs36. 17e Modal auxiliary verbs37. 17g Verb tense38. 17-l (1) Revising passive voice39. 17-l (2) Revising passive voice40. 17-I (3) Revising passive voice41. 18 (1) Subject-verb agreement42. 18 (2) Correcting faulty subject-verb agreement43. 18 (3) Correcting faulty subject-verb agreement44. 19b Using descriptive adjectives45. 19c Using articles46. 19e Order of adjectives47. 20 Identifying adverbs48. 19-20 (1) Recognizing adjectives and adverbs49. 19-20 (2) Correcting misused adjectives and adverbs50. 19-20 (3) Using adjectival and adverbial modifiers51. 21a Identifying infinitive phrases52. 21d-e Using participles53. 21 (1) Identifying verbal phrases54. 21 (2) Recognizing verbals55. 21 (3) Using verbals56. 21 (4) Writing with verbals57. 21 (5) Reducing clauses58. 21 (6) Reducing clauses to phrases59. 21 (7) Using absolute phrases60. 21 (8) Using absolute phrases61. 22a-c (1) Identifying prepositions62. 22a-c (2) Recognizing prepositional phrases63. 22a-c (3) Using prepositional phrases64. 23a Using coordinating conjunctions65. 23c (1) Recognizing subordinate clauses66. 23c (2) Using subordinating conjunctions67. 23c (3) Writing subordinate clauses68. 23 (1) Identifying conjunctions69. 23 (2) Writing with conjunctions70. 13-24 Recognizing parts of speech71. Review exercises: Part IIIAnswersPart IV: Writing Effective Sentences72. 27a Lengthening sentences73. 27b Shortening sentences74. 28 Sentence variety75. 29 Emphasis in sentences76. 27-29 Sentence length, variety, and emphasis77. 32 (1) Correcting sentence fragments78. 32 (2) Correcting sentence fragments79. 35 (1) Correcting misplaced modifiers80. 35 (2) Correcting misplaced modifiers81. 36 (1) Correcting dangling modifiers82. 36 (2) Correcting dangling modifiers83. 32-36 Review of common sentence errors84. 37 Correcting mixed constructions85. 38 Improving alignment86. 39 Eliminating shifts87. 40 Correcting faulty parallelism88. 41 (1) Using subordination89. 41 (2) Correcting faulty coordination90. 42 Improving logic91. Review exercises: Parts II, III, and IVAnswersPart V: Punctuation92. 43a-b The comma, independent clauses, and coordinating conjunctions93. 43c-d Punctuating parallel adjectives and series94. 43e (1) Punctuating adverbial clauses95. 43e (2) Punctuating opening and closing words and phrases96. 43e (3) Punctuating words, phrases, and adverbial clauses97. 43f (1) Punctuating nonrestrictive elements98. 43f (2) Identifying and punctuating nonrestrictive and restrictive elements99. 43 (1) Using commas100. 43 (2) Extra punctuation practice: the comma101. 44 The semicolon102. 43-45 Comma, semicolon, or colon103. 44-46 Using the semicolon, colon, and dash104. 43g, 46, 47 Punctuating sentence interrupters105. 43-46 Extra punctuation practice106. 52 Quotation marks107. 54a-b (also 33-34) (1) Correcting comma splices and run-on sentences108. 54a-b (also 33-34) (2) Correcting comma splices and run-on sentences109. 54a-b (also 33-34) (3) Correcting comma splices and run-on sentences110. 43-54 (1) Punctuation review: Correcting punctuation111. 43-54 (2) Punctuation review: Using punctuation112. 43-54 (3) Punctuation review: Adding punctuation113. 43-54 (4) Punctuation review: Correcting punctuationAnswersPart VI: Mechanics and Spelling114. 56 Using abbreviations correctly115. 57-59 Capitalization, titles, and italics116. 61k (1) Using hyphens117. 61k (2) Using hyphens118. 61-l Forming plurals119. 61-l-n (1) Using apostrophes120. 61-l-n (2) Using apostrophes121. 62 Correcting misspellings122. Review exercise: Part VIAnswersPart VII: Diction123. 64a-b (1) Using formal diction124. 64a-b (2) Slang, colloquialisms, and informal expressions125. 64c (1) Thinking about "big" words126. 64c (2) Eliminating pretentious diction127. 66 (1) Using specific diction128. 66 (2) Being concrete and specific129. 67 Recognizing connotation130. 68 Avoiding euphemisms131. 69 (1) Avoiding wrong words132. 69 (2) Avoiding wrong words133. 70 (1) Correcting idioms134. 70 (2) Correcting idioms135. 71c Cutting redundancy136. 71a-c (1) Reducing wordiness137. 71a-c (2) Reducing wordiness by combining sentences138. 71a-d Reducing wordiness, redundancy, and ready-made phrases139. 71e Eliminating cliches140. 71g Evaluating nouns used as adjectives141. 72 Usage142. 63-72 Sentence revisions143. Review exercise: Part VIIAnswersPart VIII: Research, Writing, and Documentation144. 78 Paraphrasing and summarizing145. 79a Documenting in MLA146. 79b Documenting in APAAnswers